A scammer posing as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently attempted to bilk an 81-year-old Fayetteville woman of all her money.
The woman received a phone call on Feb. 26 by a man claiming to be “Agent Wilson” of the FBI. “Wilson” told the woman that a vehicle in Texas had been registered to her name and was found to have drug residue inside it.
“Wilson” told her that she would be charged and would go to jail, or she could get a new Social Security number. The woman unfortunately gave “Wilson” her Social Security number.
“Wilson” then told her to combine all of her money from bank accounts and put it in a safe deposit bank for 72 hours. After the 72 hours, another FBI agent would pick up the money and exchange the cash in the box for a check.
“Wilson” advised the woman not to tell anyone, or she would go to jail, but the woman went to her bank and explained what happened to bank officers. She was advised to report it to the police department and contact Social Security Administration about the scam.
Sgt. Detective Dion Shockley is investigating the attempted scam.